GSA-4163B, Firmware Version: A104 Released!



After spotting the news story here on CDFreaks about the LG Update Utility, I switch on my burner (mine’s external) to discover that there’s a new firmware version available. :bow:

According to the program, here’s the changelog…
<li>Improvement of recording quality for DVD media</li><li>Improvement of the readability for DVD-ROM, R/RW</li><li>Improvement of DVD±RW rewriting ability</li>
</ul>I’m not a 100% sure which LG sites will have this listed yet, especially since the UK site doesn’t :confused: so you maybe you’ll be better off downloading the utility like I did <a href=“”>[Download]</a> (you may have to rename the extention to .zip after downloading using Firefox, thanks for the tip coaster toaster :)).

Anyway I’ll probabily wait until there’s an RPC-1 version available, but I wanted to make everyone else aware that a newer version was available.


V49B.03.25.101 DVDRAM GSA-4163BCopyright © 2003,2004,Hitachi-LG Data Storage,Inc.


MCC 00RG200 		MCC 00RW11N9 		RICOHJPNR00           DEFAULT STR	RICOHJPNW01     
PVC001001               JVC/VictorT7            YUDEN000T01           MKM     001         MCC.....A01     
TDKG02000000            PVCW000001Q9            MCC.....001           RICOHJPND00         OPTODISCOP1     
MXL RG01                TDK401saku=3            MCC.....002           RITEK   D01         PRODISC W01     
MCIG01                  RITEK004V11             RICOHJPNR01           PHILIPS CD2         RICOHJPNW11     
MEI 00V001              MCC 01RW11n9            MAXELL  001           INFOME  D01         PHILIPS 010     
TAIYOYUDEN..            TDK502sakuM3            PRODISC R01           RITEK   S01         CMC MAG W01     
RITEKG01                PVCW00D002K9            SONY    D01                               INFODISCA01     
LGE                     JVC_VictorW7            CMC MAG R01                               DEFAULT STR     
BEAll G001              PVCW00V00245            BeAll000P40                               MKM     A02     
CMC00RG200              PRINCO                  TDK     001                               PRODISC W02     
OPTODISC                ProdiscDVDRW            BEALL P0001                               PHILIPS 041     
1FUJIFILM               SONY000000U9            PRODISC R02                               CMC MAG W02     
TYG01                   OPTODISCK001            OPTODISCOP1                               RITEK   004     
LGE04                   TDK501saku]3            YUDEN000T01                               INFODISCA10     
MCC 01RG20              RITEK000V11A            DEFAULT STR                               OPTODISCOP4     
PVCR001002              PRINCO                  CMC MAG F01                               NANYA   DRW     
TTG01                   JVC0VictorD7            YUDEN000T02                               SONY    S11     
MXL RG02                MCC 01RW4X              MAXELL  002                               SENTINELW02     
SONY04D1                DEFAULT                 MCC.....003                               RITEK   001     
PRODISCG02              RITEKW01                RICOHJPNR02                               MKM     A03     
BeAllG00001             OPTODISCW002            RITEK   R01                               PHILIPS RW8     
CMC MAG.                DAXON_RW2X01            DEFAULT 8X                                MBIPG101W04     
PRINCO                  OPTODISCK001            RITEK   M02                               DAXON   D42     
PRINCO                  TDK502sakuM3            SONY    D11                               RICOHJPNW21     
SONY                    TDK601saku              PRODISC R03                                               
RITEKG03                JVC_VictorW7            TDK     002                                               
BeAll G40001            JVC_VictorW7            Philips 081                                               
RITEKG04                JVC1Victord7            CMC MAG E01                                               
ProdiscS03              MKM 01RW6X01            RITEK   R03                                               
FUJIFILM02              Prodisc DW06            RITEK   R03                                               
MEI 00V002              CMCW03                  RITEK   R02                                               
TDKG010000d9            RITEKW04                AML     001                                               
LEADDATA01              OPTODISCW004            MCC.....004                                               
GSC001                  PRINCORW2X01            NANYA   CHX                                               
SKC Co.,Ltd.            DEFAULT6X               INFODISCR20                                               
INFOD K-R01             CMCW02                  BeAll000P80                                               
LONGTEN 001                                     OPTODISC001                                               
CMC00RG300                                      YUDEN000T03                                               
OPTODISCK001                                    RICOHJPNR03                                               
KIC 00RG200                                     MAXELL  003                                               
SKC Co.,Ltd.                                    PRODISC R04                                               
PRINCO                                          CMC MAG M01                                               
PRINCO                                          RITEK   R04                                               
PRINCO                                          MBIPG101R04                                               
PRINCO                                          PHILIPS C16                                               
PRINCO                                          PHILIPS C08                                               
PRINCO                                          TDK     003                                               
DEFAULT STR                                     OPTODISCOR8                                               
KIC01RG20                                       SONY    D21                                               
GSC001                                          DAXON   AZ2                                               
OPTODISCK001                                    OPTODISCR16                                               
OPTODISCK001                                    MBIPG101R05                                               
LONGTEN 001                                     PHILIPS C16                                               
UTJR001001                                      BeAll000PG0                                               
CMC MAG. AF1                                    NSD     R40                                               
NANYA-JC001                                     INFOME  R30                                               
RITEKM02                                        LGEP16  001                                               
DATA TRACK                                      Plasmon2C01                                               
INFODISC-R01                                    RITEK   P16                                               
MXL RG03                                                                                                  
MCC 02RG20                                                                                                
DEFAULT8 STR                                                                                              
MBI 01RG20                                                                                                
VDSPMSAB 01                                                                                               
MXL RG01                                                                                                  
CMC MAG. AE1                                                                                              
MCC 03RG20                                                                                                
MUST 001                                                                                                  
MUST 003                                                                                                  
MXL RG04                                                                                                  
BeAll G16001                                                                                              
MBI 03RG40                                                                                                
MEI 00V003                                                                                                
MBI 03RG30                                                                                                
MJC ME                                                                                                    
IMC JPN R01                                                                                               
MBI 01RG40                                                                                                
BeAll G80001                                       


Just a test burn, nothing new, nothing special
Not the best seen here of course, but very similar to mine past results


Just a little test :bow: :bow: :bow:


Found this on the Japan website. You can go to
LG Japan
click on device driver then dvd-rom(writer) and it should be the first link listed.

or you can dl it directly from this link:


I have not tested yet so if there’s any problems don’t blame me. I’m just trying to help.

¡Ø New firmware (ver. A104) for only GSA-4163B(Internal 16X Super multi DVD Writer)

¡ß Model:GSA-4163B
¡ß Ver:A104
¡ß Improvement Point
-. Improvement of recording quality for DVD media
-. Improvement of the readability for DVD-ROM, R/RW & RAM
-. Improvement of DVD¡¾RW rewriting ability

Refer to the attached file


GSA-4163B Version A104 Firmware Update
To update the firmware of the GSA-4163B please refer to the following instructions:

Note: Not following the subsequent update instructions explicitly will result in
permanent damage to your drive, for which LG will not be responsible.

This firmware update is for drives with original firmware versions below A103.
The drives must be original LG branded drives with the DVD Writer
model number GSA-4163B(no OEM units).

If you have an OEM unit, branded with another manufacturers name,
please contact that manufacturer for support and firmware updates.

This firmware update is for use only on PC¡¯s with Windows XP, Windows 2000,
Windows Millennium Edition (ME), or Windows 98SE.

¡Ø Critical Instructions: (to be followed carefully)

  1. Connect the drive as ¡°master¡± by it self, on the secondary IDE controller with
    no other device on the same IDE cable, making note to set the jumper on
    the back of the drive to the ¡°master¡± position.

  2. Download the file GSA-4163A104(EW).ZIP to a folder of your choice.
    This download includes this “Read me(ew)” text file, as well as the GSA4163A104.EXE
    program, which will auto-update your drive¡¯s firmware.

  3. Close all other programs including: screen saver, antivirus and/or power-down programs.
    (If these programs are not closed, they will try to engage the PC, during the update process,
    thus interrupting the update and damaging the drive).

  4. Check the drive to ensure that there is no disk in the tray
    before you start the update procedure.

  5. Go into the folder with the update file and double click the GSA4163A104.EXE program
    and click the ¡°update¡± button(red). Once the update is complete,
    you will see ¡°Firmware Update Complete¡± and the button will become green
    and advise you to reboot the system.

¡Ø You will need to reboot your PC
The update will be complete, after you reboot your system.

Do not open any programs or start any system functions during the update,
as they will interfere with data transfer and damage the drive.
Do not cancel the operation once it has been started or the drive will
become permanently damaged, as a result.


nice find will try later


LOL… impressive :bow:


Why does your drives read back the DVD-R data discs with P-CAV and mine reads back with just CAV.

Is there any adjustment i can make to get P-CAV with this drive ?
Then hopefuly i will also get faster read speeds. :slight_smile:


I did it with the LG Live Auto update and it said close all programmes, but i forgot about the a/v and firewall. But who realyy would turn off a/v and firewall during a live auto update ?

All went ok and flashed to A104 with no problems. Used the same downloaded file and flashed my other 4163B drive on another pc.


New firmware (ver. A104) for only GSA-4163B(Internal 16X Super multi DVD Writer)

¡ß Model:GSA-4163B
¡ß Ver:A104
¡ß Improvement Point
-. Improvement of recording quality for DVD media
-. Improvement of the readability for DVD-ROM, R/RW & RAM
-. Improvement of DVD¡¾RW rewriting ability


There’s the link (was really long), not sure if it will work…


YUDEN000T02 although still at 12X max burn speed on this firmware, the quality is much improved for me.
Firmware A104


Nice burn Dee, I’ll contribute as well (later).


Got it!


My best TYG02 burn so far, as soon as I switched to A104. :slight_smile:
No change in speed either, still 8x (but at least 8x is a lot faster on this drive than on most).


Here is the media code list. Please report any errors, it is my first try with a LG firmware :).

Media Code Speed Edit V SE

Firmware: GSA-4163MAIN    REV LVL A104

Overall supported media types:  241
DVD+RDL supported media types:    7
DVD+R   supported media types:   62
DVD+RW  supported media types:   25
DVD-R   supported media types:  110
DVD-RW  supported media types:   37

DVD+RDL supported media types:    7
DEFAULT  STR-000 4x,2.4x
INFOME   D01-000 2.4x
MKM      001-000 4x,2.4x
PHILIPS  CD2-000 2.4x
RICOHJPN D00-001 4x,2.4x
RITEK    D01-001 2.4x
RITEK    S01-001 2.4x

DVD+R   supported media types:   62
         001-000 4x
         001-000 4x
AML      001-000 4x
BEALL P0 001-000 2.4x
BeAll000 P40-000 4x,2.4x
BeAll000 P80-000 8x,6x,4x
BeAll000 PG0-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG  E01-000 8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG  F01-000 4x,2.4x
CMC MAG  M01-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG  R01-000 2.4x
DAXON    AZ2-000 8x,6x,4x
DEFAULT  8X -119 4x
DEFAULT  STR-119 4x,2.4x
INFODISC R20-000 8x,6x,4x
INFOME   R30-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
LGEP16   001-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MAXELL   001-000 4x,2.4x
MAXELL   002-000 12x,8x,6x,4x,2.4x
MAXELL   003-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MBIPG101 R04-001 8x,6x,4x
MBIPG101 R05-001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MCC..... 001-000 2.4x
MCC..... 002-000 4x,2.4x
MCC..... 003-000 12x,8x,6x,4x,2.4x
MCC..... 004-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x,2.4x
NANYA    CHX-000 4x
NSD      R40-000 16x,12x,8x,6x
OPTODISC 001-000 4x
OPTODISC OP1-001 2.4x
OPTODISC OR8-000 8x,6x,4x
OPTODISC R16-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
PHILIPS  C08-000 8x,6x,4x
PHILIPS  C16-000 
PHILIPS  C16-001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
PRODISC  R01-001 2.4x
PRODISC  R02-000 4x,2.4x
PRODISC  R03-003 8x,6x,4x
PRODISC  R04-004 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
Philips  081-000 8x,6x,4x
Plasmon2 C01-000 
RICOHJPN R00-001 2.4x
RICOHJPN R01-002 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN R02-003 12x,8x,6x,4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN R03-004 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK    M02-001 4x,2.4x
RITEK    P16-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK    R01-001 2.4x
RITEK    R02-001 4x
RITEK    R03-001 8x,6x,4x
RITEK    R03-002 8x,6x,4x
RITEK    R04-001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
SONY     D01-000 4x,2.4x
SONY     D11-000 8x,6x,4x
SONY     D21-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TDK      001-000 4x,2.4x
TDK      002-000 12x,8x,6x,4x
TDK      003-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
YUDEN000 T01-000 4x,2.4x
YUDEN000 T01-001 8x,6x,4x,2.4x
YUDEN000 T02-000 12x,8x,6x,4x,2.4x
YUDEN000 T03-000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x

DVD+RW  supported media types:   25
CMC MAG  W01-000 2.4x
CMC MAG  W02-000 4x
DAXON    D42-000 4x
DEFAULT  STR-119 2.4x
INFODISC A01-001 2.4x
INFODISC A10-001 4x
MBIPG101 W04-000 4x
MCC..... A01-000 2.4x
MKM      A02-000 4x,2.4x
MKM      A03-000 8x,6x
NANYA    DRW-000 4x
OPTODISC OP1-001 2.4x
PHILIPS  010-049 2.4x
PHILIPS  041-000 4x
PHILIPS  RW8-000 8x,6x
PRODISC  W01-002 2.4x
PRODISC  W02-000 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W01-001 2.4x
RICOHJPN W11-001 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W21-001 8x,6x
RITEK    001-001 2.4x
RITEK    004-048 4x,2.4x
SENTINEL W02-000 4x
SONY     S11-000 4x

DVD-R   supported media types:  110
1FUJIFILM       2x,1x
AML             4x
AN32            4x,2x
BEAll G001      2x,1x
BeAll G16001    16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
BeAll G40001    4x,2x
BeAll G80001    8x,6x
BeAllG00001     2x,1x
CMC MAG.        2x,1x
CMC MAG. AE1    8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG. AF1    4x,2x
CMC00RG200      2x,1x
CMC00RG300      2x
DATA TRACK      4x,2x
DAXON008S       8x,6x,4x
DEFAULT STR     4x,2x
DEFAULT8 STR    8x,6x,4x
Dvsn            2x
FUJIFILM02      4x,2x
FUJIFILM03      8x,6x,4x
FUJIFILM04      16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
GSC001          4x,2x
GSC001          2x
GSC002          4x
GSC003          6x,4x
GSC004          8x,6x,4x
IMC JPN R01     8x,6x
INFOD K-R01     2x
INFODISC-R01    4x,2x
INFODISC-R20    8x,6x,4x
KIC 00RG200     2x
KIC01RG20       4x,2x
LEADDATA01      4x,2x
LGE             2x,1x
LGE04           4x,2x
LGE08           8x,6x,4x
LGE16           16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
LONGTEN 001     2x
LONGTEN 001     4x,2x
MBI 01RG20      4x,2x
MBI 01RG40      16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MBI 03RG30      
MBI 03RG40      16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MCC 00RG200     2x,1x
MCC 01RG20      4x,2x
MCC 02RG20      8x,6x,4x
MCC 03RG20      16x,12x,8x,6x,4x,2x
MCIG01          2x,1x
MEI 00V001      2x,1x
MEI 00V002      4x,2x
MEI 00V003      2x
MJC ME          4x
MUST 001        4x
MUST 003        8x,6x,4x
MXL RG01        2x,1x
MXL RG01        2x
MXL RG02        4x,2x
MXL RG03        8x,6x,4x
MXL RG04        16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
NANYA-JC001     4x,2x
NSDR40          16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
ONIDTECH        4x
OPTODISC        2x,1x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCR004    4x,2x
OPTODISCR008    8x,6x,4x
POSG04          4x
PRINCO          2x,1x
PRINCO          2x,1x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRINCO          4x,2x
PRODISCG02      2x,1x
PVC001001       2x,1x
PVCR001002      4x,2x
ProdiscF01      8x,6x,4x
ProdiscF02      4x
ProdiscS03      4x,2x
ProdiscS04      8x,6x,4x
ProdiscS05      16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEKG01        2x,1x
RITEKG03        2x,1x
RITEKG04        4x,2x
RITEKG05        8x,6x,4x
RITEKG07        16x,12x,8x,6x
RITEKM02        4x,2x
SKC Co.,Ltd.    2x
SKC Co.,Ltd.    4x,2x
SONY            2x,1x
SONY04D1        4x,2x
SONY08D1        8x,6x,4x
SONY16D1        16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TAIYOYUDEN..    2x,1x
TDKG010000d9    2x
TDKG02000000    2x,1x
TTG01           4x,2x
TTG02           8x,6x,4x
TTH01           8x,6x,4x
TTH02           16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TYG01           4x,2x
TYG02           8x,6x,4x
TYG03           16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
UTJR001001      4x,2x
VDSPMSAB 01     4x

DVD-RW  supported media types:   37
CMCW02          2x,1x
CMCW03          4x
DAXON_RW2X01    2x
DEFAULT         2x
DEFAULT6X       6x,4x,2x
JVC/VictorT7    1x
JVC0VictorD7    4x,2x
JVC1Victord7    6x,4x,2x
JVC_VictorW7    2x
JVC_VictorW7    2x,1x
JVC_VictorW7    1x
MCC 00RW11N9    1x
MCC 01RW11n9    2x,1x
MCC 01RW4X      4x,2x
MKM 01RW6X01    6x,4x,2x
OPTODISCK001    1x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCW002    2x
OPTODISCW004    4x
PRINCO          1x
PRINCO          2x,1x
PRINCORW2X01    2x
PVCW000001Q9    1x
PVCW00D002K9    2x,1x
PVCW00V00245    2x,1x
Prodisc DW06    4x
ProdiscDVDRW    1x
RITEK000V11A    1x
RITEK004V11     1x
RITEKW01        2x
RITEKW04        4x
SONY000000U9    1x
TDK401saku=3    1x
TDK501saku]3    1x
TDK502sakuM3    2x
TDK502sakuM3    2x,1x
TDK601saku      4x,2x


From the media i have, your list is spot on :wink:


Way to go. LG support in MCSE; that’s fantastic. :slight_smile:


LG 4163B a104
media FujiFilm 8x @ 8x

nero video
scanning drive benQ 1620a Pro B7U9
scannning software new Roxio Dvdinfo Pro 4.10 :bow:


All A104 threads are now merged into this one.